I got a chance to travel down to Fall River, Massachusetts to check out how a wooden bat is made at a local bat company. It was a long drive of almost an hour, but I'm glad I went and was able to see how the whole process works. It really is unbelievable how quickly a piece of wood can be transformed into any type of bat you desire.
I brought a bat that I swung during my time at fall ball in Arizona a few months ago and asked if they could replicate it. They took my bat and took a few quick measurements of the handle and the barrel. They put the numbers into a computer program and before I knew it a piece of wood was automatically placed into a large machine where the cutting began. It only took two minutes for the wood to be carved within a millimeter of what I had asked for. I wish I was able to take a video of it because it really was impressive. After the bat came out of the machine it was sanded, boned, cupped, and dipped in paint. They finish by slapping their logo on and engraving your name on the barrel. The whole process takes less than 10 minutes.
I am really looking forward to swinging their bats this year. The best part about the whole process is that now if my bats don't show up on time they can't tell me that it takes a long time to make the bats, or they were backed up on orders. I know the process and I know you're lying! I'm just playing, I know you get a ton of orders. I'll wait for my bats like everybody else.